Chief Financial Officer
Serving as DFSI-IDTM’s Chief Financial Officer, James’ professional career includes a mix of public accounting, public company, and private equity experience. James started his professional career with PwC’s audit practice. He worked in the Kansas City, Missouri and Dublin, Ireland offices serving a variety of clients. After leaving PwC as a Senior Manager, he joined Aratana (NASDAQ: PETX, acquired by ELAN) where he served as Vice President, Controller. During his time at Aratana, James oversaw many tasks within the finance group during Aratana’s evolution from a private, domestic, early-stage development company with ~15 employees to a public, international, commercial company with ~90 employees. Next, James served as Chief Financial Officer for Adapt Laser Systems (PE sponsored). He built-out the entire finance function after the close of the transaction and worked with management to define both long-term and short-term strategy.
James earned both his Bachelor of Science (Biology) and Master of Accountancy degrees from Truman State University. He has obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter to further enhance his knowledge of valuation and finance, holds the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification, and is a CPA registered in the state of Missouri.